Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Parents, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the safest decision for all of us to make right now is to stay at home. The number of cases are increasing daily and most importantly, we do not want to risk catching this virus and bringing it home to our loved ones. To prevent catching this virus, there are many parents that have to work from home and teach their kids at the same time. I am one of them! I am no pro at this and I open to other suggestions. However, this method is helping me get through my work day at home and I am hoping to help any and all parents in need of some guidance. So how do you balance working from home and helping the kids ensure that they are still learning throughout the day? Here is my At-Home Work & Learning strategy below:
Choose whatever time of the day that works best for you and the kids. We perform all of our work in the mornings to ensure that the kids get a lesson in for the day, read a chapter in their books and use the remaining day to play, take a nap and socialize with family and friends before they get tired by the end of the day.
1. Wake up at least 1.5 - 2 hours before the kids wake up
2. Personal care: Brush your teeth, shower, etc.
3. Breakfast Prep: Layout bowls/plates and utensils that'll be needed for both you and the kids breakfast
4. Grab your coffee (If you are a coffee drinker)
5. Setup kids learning stations for the day (layout each course. Add a coloring activity. Pick an educational movie or series on Netflix for the kids to watch together. Physical Education. or simply google things to do with your child for a full 8 hours to keep them occupied)
6. Clock in and Prioritize your work to-do list
7. As kids begin to wake up, direct them to their learning stations
8. Give the kids a 5-10 minute break every hour, if needed, to stretch and get some fresh air outside (this helps ease the movement. Varies on the length of your lesson for the day for the child)
9. The work day is over! Now it's time to enjoy the rest of the day
10. Get crafty and write out a daily agenda at night for the next day. This teaches the kids responsibility and develops structure.
11. Write out an activity or lesson plan in hourly segments for the children to switch to the next lesson.
My recommended lesson plans are ABC Mouse for toddlers to 8 years old and Adventure Academy for kid ages 8-13.
Remember, you got this and you are not in this alone. From one parent to another. How are you getting through the day? Comment below.